Tuesday, February 10, 2015
In Depression // 2/10/2015 //
Online Screening for Depression
Mental Health America offers a free version of the Patient Heath Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), a commonly used measure for screening depression, that can be completed on their website. Once the questionnaire has been completed, scores are calculated and information about one's likely level of depression is provided. This can be useful information in informing one's decision to seek professional help and in communicating with one's provider.
Individuals reporting even mild depression on the PHQ-9 often benefit from seeking help. Talking with a counselor in these cases may help to prevent the symptoms from becoming worse and more debilitating over time.
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic provides personal counseling for depression and a number of other common emotional problems (e.g., anxiety, stress, grief). We routinely use the PHQ-9 and other brief measures to assess the severity of emotional problems and monitor clients' progress in counseling.
Learn more about depression by reviewing this information from the National Institute of Mental Health.